Recruiting: DeeJay Dallas commits to Miami Hurricanes

The warm relationship between Deejay Dallas and Mark Richt will continue.

Dallas dons a UM jersey after announcing his commitment. (Periscope)
Dallas dons a UM jersey after announcing his commitment. (Periscope)

Dallas, a four-star athlete from Brunswick, Ga., committed to the Hurricanes on Saturday.

“They made me a priority. They told me I could come in and make an impact early,” Dallas said in a radio interview announcing his commitment.

“It’s time to bring the ‘U’ back. Everybody’s been missing it. It’s time to bring it back.”

He chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Oregon, Michigan and Georgia Tech. He said in interviews Florida State and UCLA recruited him hard in the last few months. Florida was also among his 32 offers.

“Boom! Great day to be a Cane! U Family!” Richt tweeted after Dallas announced his decision.

He plays wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back for Glynn Academy and is rated the No. 12 all-purpose athlete in the 247Sports composite ratings (ESPN rates him 13th, Rivals 17th, Scout 20th).

Dallas said his relationship with Richt was “20 percent” of his decision, but his relationship with receivers coach Ron Dugans was “80 percent.”

Dallas (5-10, 196) will start off his Hurricanes career as a wide receiver, potential returner (and his quarterback skills would seem to make him a possibility for Wildcat duty). When he committed to Georgia last July, Dallas was being recruited by Richt as a defensive back.

Miami wasn’t the only program attracted to his versatility. Dallas told Scout that Michigan coaches, while trying to recruit him, compared him to Jabril Peppers, last year’s Big Ten freshman of the year. Peppers lined up at safety, nickel back, cornerback, primary punt and kick returner – and briefly, quarterback, running back, fullback and wide receiver — and will add linebacker to his resume this year. Alabama coaches likened him to Cyrus Jones, who came in as a receiver, moved to defensive back and was taken by New England in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft.

He is a major get for Miami, which needs an infusion of talent at the skill positions. He becomes the second-highest rated player in the class (per 247Sports’ ratings) behind four-star offensive tackle Navaughn Donaldson. UM’s class is ranked No. 4 nationally by 247Sports.

Deejay Dallas has a meal with Mark Richt during a visit to Miami's campus. (
Deejay Dallas has a meal with Mark Richt during a visit to Miami’s campus. (Twitter)


He has a great deal of respect for Richt, which he detailed in an interview with that was published last month. “What is there not to love about the guy?” Dallas said. “He is a great coach, loves his players, and always pushes them to do their best on and off the field.

“I have been down to Coral Gables twice and it is an amazing place. When I am down there, they make me feel like I am family and like I am at home. Unlike the UGA staff, Miami has really made me feel like a priority. It really is amazing to see the different ways schools treat me. Coach Richt and I have sustained a great relationship from his time at Georgia, and that means a lot to me. Maybe I could be a Cane?”

Dallas can make it official on signing day, Feb. 1.

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